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Date(s) - 03/01/2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

2100 Building


New technology can provide us with powerful tools to connect and communicate.  Despite (or even because of) this power, many mental health professionals feel uncertain in the ethical and legal parameters of using new technology in clinical settings.

This 6 hour law & ethics seminar is designed to present the evolving legal, ethical and practical standards for the use of new technology in clinical practice.  In this seminar we will discuss Washington State and Federal laws, and a range of applicable ethical codes as we work through real-life and hypothetical to case studies.  Participants will gain an understanding of how to strategically make use of new technologies in their clinical practice.  Emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency, geolocation, smart speakers, and voice recognition will be addressed.

This course is approved for 6 CE hours in Law and Ethics for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, LCSW’s and all associate level licensees in Washington State.

This course is approved for 6 clock hours for the NBCC.  Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Topics will include:

  • HIPAA and Washington State law standards
  • Telehealth
  • Video conferencing platforms
  • Technology across jurisdictions
  • Use of Phone, email, and text communications
  • Apps, smart speakers, voice and confidentiality vulnerabilities;
  • Managing an ethical online social presence
  • Effective and ethical use of professional social media

Learning Objectives

Participants of this seminar will:

  • Understand the sources of legal and ethical standards regarding clinical use of technology;
  • Explore strategies to effectively and ethically use new technology in a clinical practice
  • Understand the legal and ethical standards regarding telehealth and distance counseling
  • Identify legal and ethical standards regarding personal and professional online presence


Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counselling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans and their families. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Eric also provides clinical supervision and consultation to mental health providers and teaches a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Antioch University and Seattle University.

Eric earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, and is currently working towards his PhD is Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University.

WMHCA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting [email protected] at least 21 days prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 21 days of the workshop date.